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Upgrades to save Inter-Lakes $10,000 per year

MEREDITH —The Inter-Lakes School District has completed a crash course in energy efficiency that will save nearly $10,000 per year in electricity costs.

The regional school district that serves Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich has partnered with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) to identify more than $100,000 in energy efficiency opportunities at Inter-Lakes High School, Inter-Lakes Elementary School and the SAU office, all located in Meredith.

Projects completed in 2014 include the installation of refrigeration controls at both schools, as well as the installation of three air source heat pumps to improve climate control inside the high school library. The school district also took advantage of NHEC's SmartSTART program to install highly efficient LED lighting at the SAU office, high school gym, high school cafeteria and high school parking lot. SmartSTART allows the school district to pay nothing out of pocket for the lighting upgrades while using the electric savings to pay for the improvements over time.

All told, the efficiency upgrades are projected to save more than 57,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. At current rates, that's a savings of approximately $9,150 per year. Project costs totaled $102,530, which was offset by a Co-op Energy Solutions program incentive of $25,321.

"Inter-Lakes School District is working hard to conserve energy, reduce our carbon footprint, and save taxpayer money. When we can capitalize on projects that meet all three criteria, it is a win for everyone," said Inter-Lakes School District Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond. "Working with New Hampshire Electric Co-op has provided the school district with great opportunities to conserve energy, improve our facilities, and save money. The ultimate outcome has resulted in improved educational facilities for our students."

NHEC's Co-op Energy Solutions programs offer incentives and expertise for residential, commercial and municipal members. For more information, visit www.nhec.com/energysolutions, or call 1-800-698-2007.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:36

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Meredith Bay Colony Club donates 8 wheelchairs to A Light for Zimbabwe

MEREDITH — Meredith Bay Colony Club donated eight wheelchairs and other items of durable medical equipment to A Light for Zimbabwe who will transport and distribute these badly needed items to Africa where healthcare is primitive and modern equipment is scarce. 

A Light for Zimbabwe (ALFZ) is a nonprofit organization that operates out of Wolfeboro Falls. Since it started in 2007, ALFZ, in cooperation with other organizations and churches in New England, has sent eight shipping containers filled with medical and school supplies to Zimbabwe and is now filling another. Its items are distributed in multiple communities, always with representatives of ALFZ present. Sue Happenstall, a registered nurse from Loudon, the Founder and President of ALFZ spends 3 to 4 months in Zimbabwe each year at her own expense to assure responsible use of the equipment.

ALFZ also funds primary and secondary education to orphans. Children are often orphaned due to AIDS, malaria, call her rear, and malnutrition ALC is currently sponsoring 64 children, providing them not only school supplies but also required school tuition and fees uniforms and food. One of the first students ALC sponsored has just graduated from college.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:29

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Irwin Auto hosting event on Wednesday to showcase the 2015 Camry

LACONIA — A special event, showcasing the new 2015 Toyota Camry, will be held at the Irwin Automotive Group's Bisson Avenue location on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event will give people a chance to see the many features of the redesigned 2015 Camry. In addition there will be food and prizes.

The 2015 Camry has new features both inside and outside the vehicle. There are many new safety features as well.

All are welcome to this special event. Irwin's is requesting those who are planning to attend to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-581-2935.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:19

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Lakes Region Tourism Association scholarship given to LRCC student

LACONIA — The Mel Borrin Lakes Region Tourism Association (LRTA) Scholarship was received by Heidi Follansbee during the LRTA's Annual Business Meeting recently.

"I was honored to be recommended by Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Business Management Professor, Max Brown, and thankful to the Borrin family for their hospitality at the LRTA event," says Follansbee. "I am thankful for their investment in my future education as I pursue my higher business degree. Being a non-traditional student, I am also thankful to have my children and husband supporting me, not only that evening, but throughout my pursuit of further education."

The Mel Borrin award is named after an extremely influential Lakes Region entrepreneur who built a substantial real estate business with his wife, Tina Borrin, that operated throughout the Lakes Region and central New Hampshire.

Follansbee, President of LRCC's Phi Beta Lambda chapter, is graduating from LRCC with a double major in Business Management and Accounting and presently holds an impressive 3.96 grade point average. Her intention is to continue for the Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management at Plymouth State University.

The LRTA Mildred A. Beach Scholarship was awarded to LRCC Culinary Arts Honor Student, Marguerite Kennish the same evening. Kennish was the first LRCC student to compete in the National SkillsUSA Culinary Arts Competition in Kansas City, MO. She achieved a 10th place finish out of the top 50 Culinary Arts post- secondary students in America.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:11

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